Acclaimed drummer Jeff Tain Watts is in Atlanta this week to perform with the Georgia State University Jazz Band under the direction of Dr. Gordon Vernick. This is a rare opportunity for Atlanta-based jazz fans to hear Watts in person. He is a dynamic drummer who emerged as a major talent in the 1980s with Wynton Marsalis, George Benson, and McCoy Tyner among others.
From the 1990s onward, Watts has released a series of albums as a leader and maintained his schedule as an in-demand sideman.
In recent years, Watts has received recognition as an important composer in addition to his percussive skills. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2017.
Here is the info about the show at GSU:
FRIDAY, April 21 | 8:00 PM
Lobby and Box Office Open: 6:00 pm
Pre-Show Performance: 7:00 pm
Theater Seating Area Open: 7:30 pm
Show Start: 8:00 pm
Pre-Show Performance: The evening begins with a pre-show performance in the lobby conducted by Rialto Jazz for Kids All-Stars. The pre-show performance is FREE and open to all ticket holders.
On Wednesday evening this week, Watts made an appearance at Dr. Vernick’s Wednesday jazz jam session at Red Light Cafe in front of a packed house.